Why can't you provide a tool to let me move or transfer license from broken hardware to another good one by myself?
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Our online license mechanism allows new users to move software license among different computers on a provisional basis for a limited time, in order to confirm system (OS+hardware) applicability. After that period of time, users are required to commit the license and permanently lock the license to a particular system. In some limited cases, such as when OS fails and requires reinstall, users can apply license backup and restore, but in which cases users are required to use the original copy of OS (with original OS activation key) on the original computer hardware.
However, some users have proposed that we should provide a tool to do license move/transfer by themselves, either couples with license server or works independently. Here we will explain why we won't provide such tool.
Firstly and most importantly, providing a "moving license tool" without compromising basic software copy protection principle is not technically possible. For the sake of communication, I will propose an hypothetical "license moving scheme" below and then point out the loophole of such scheme.
One of the stricter proposed solution is, for example:
Hypothetical license moving scheme
When user install license on computer A, and without license server A can function independently. When A has problem, then user must contact our license server to transfer to computer B, so the license server can make sure A no longer has license and only B has.
The loophole (why we don't do it)
The problem with digital license is that anything can be copied & backup. The user can cheat the license server, by backup everything in A, and pretend to the license server that transfer to B is completed. After transfer, the user simply restore A into the state before transfer. Since A and B can work independently without license server when transfer is not needed, so now A and B both has workable license. Repeating the process will render license control useless.
P.S. I know that you will say no one will cheat like that, but the entire purpose of license control is to distrust user to get money, otherwise no control is needed, only purchase order & money is needed.
We understand that current license control has its limitation, but like all different licensing schemes, they all have different pros & cons. The model we are using, is unfortunately, chosen by the IP video industry, not by us. You see the industry has a widespread misconception that only hardware can break, software must live forever. So if your hardware is broken, you just move software to another computer. Forgive me but this is totally nonsense to me, it's like saying when your body is broken, just transfer your mind to another body so the mind lives forever. Well, if there is any truth in the world, that is "nothing lives forever", not even software license. I think you know what I meant.
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